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First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - Bioshock PC is defective by design 4

ringbarer writes: Kotaku reports that the long-awaited spiritual successor to System Shock has a few shocks for any PC gamers who want to buy it. Customers are discovering that the 'SecuROM' anti-copying technology will only permit them to install the game twice, after which the DVD becomes nothing more than an expensive coaster. As PC Gamers are renowned for rebuilding and reinstalling their machines on a regular basis, it is clear that this will only hurt legitimate players.
Censorship

Submission + - Economic censorship blocks adult-rated games (wired.com)

death metal black metal writes: "Sometime this year you might be putting a disc labeled Manhunt 2 into your Wii or PlayStation 2, but it won't be the game the creators originally intended.

The developer, Rockstar Games, was forced to slam on the brakes when the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, or ESRB, gave Manhunt 2 a rating of Adults Only, or AO.

Neither Sony nor Nintendo allow AO-rated titles to be released on their hardware, and most major retailers refuse to stock the games. As a result, creators whose games get an adult rating usually trim back the content or decline to release the product.

http://www.wired.com/gaming/gamingreviews/news/200 7/08/esrb"

PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Bioshock online activation limits you to two

Phanatic1a writes: Word on the tech support forums at 2K is that the good folks at SecuROM are limiting you to two online activations of that PC version of Bioshock you just bought. If you're one of those folks in the habit of regularly formatting your hard drive or upgrading your PC, you might want to keep that in mind before you find yourself with a $50 drink coaster. Oh well, this is sure to deter piracy, isn't it?
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - BatMUD; The Age of Exiles to renew MUD Community

Anonymous Coward writes: "21-Aug-2007 BatMUD (http://www.bat.org/), the now 17-year old online Fantasy game Veteran has renewed its strategies in order to respond to the Commercial onslaught of MMORPGs of the later date; and has turned partially graphical. By providing an up-to-date Java-based lightweight Game Client (Linux/Windows/Mac compatible), it shifts the whole MUD Community towards the younger MMORPG generation. In their prime, text-based hack & slash MUDs were thought as the most advanced multiplayer online games feature-wise, already having implemented with such features as City ownership and very deeply customizable guild, skill and spell paths; and by utilizing the 'most powerful graphics engine' of all time — your own imagination. BatMUD has lived up to its promise, by still being one of the most diverse games available on the Internet, with constant development during its 17-years of existence. Generally, back in the day, MUDs were thought as terribly hard to adapt to due to the text-based playing style, but BatMUD's new Game Client shifts the odds on this and does its job remarkably well without losing the old magic feeling of playing a true MUD. Screenshots and feature list available at http://www.bat.org/batclient/, the Client is a Free download and playing includes no hidden charges. Take a look at this ancient game, which truly re-introduces the word newbie into your consciousness, properly written."
XBox (Games)

Submission + - Xbox 360 Hardware Downfall (theweeklypixel.com)

fusiongt writes: "Microsoft recently announced that the Xbox 360 will be getting price cuts in North America. Effective August 8th, the Xbox 360 price cuts will be the following: Xbox 360 Elite Model: $449 Xbox 360 Standard: $349 Xbox 360 Core: $279. These price cuts have been rumored over the past few weeks so Im glad its finally out and officially announced. The price cuts are good news but instead of just announcing that, I wanted to inform people about what kind of product the 360 really is. I have some serious issues with the Xbox 360. My biggest problem with the 360 is that it isnt built very good and Microsoft seems extremely reluctant to do anything about it.

Read more here: http://www.theweeklypixel.com/editorials/xbox360/3 60-hardware-downfall.html"

First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - John Carmack's QuakeCon 07 Keynote Videos

Rogerpq3 writes: Video of John Carmack's keynote address to QuakeCon 2007 is now available. The video runs a little over an hour. This year, Carmack discussed id Software's upcoming game "Rage", QuakeZero, a web-based version of Quake3, his experience developing portable gaming technology, id's decision to hire a second team of developers, his plans to first develop titles for low-end platforms to gauge their success, his discussion with Steve Jobs about the inability to develop application for the iPhone, and many more topics. Video of Carmack's Q&A session with the crowd on-hand is also available.
XBox (Games)

Submission + - XBox 360 and PS3: They do HD? (1up.com) 1

MBCook writes: "Microsoft has just confirmed that now both the Elite and Premium XBox 360 models include HDMI. However, that probably doesn't matter to many consumers as according to a survey done by NPD, 70% of XBox 360 owners were unaware HD capabilities in the console. The PS3 is doing better at 50%, but only 40% of PS3 users knew they could play Blu-Ray discs on the machine. Only half of those have used that ability, meaning 80% of PS3 owners aren't watching Blu-Ray discs."
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - As the Starcraft 2 story unfolds (789mb.com) 1

ccmunkey writes: "During the wait for Starcraft 2, some Korean fans have created origami representations of nearly every unit from the original Starcraft game as well as expansion pack units. They've actually used the color scheme for most of the units and some of them are eerily similar to the real thing. The Protoss carrier even has the small interceptors swarming out of it!"
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - Warhammer Online - Fansite Gathering Wrap-up

Garthilk writes: Last week EA Mythic invited nearly thirty people from it's Warhammer Online community fansites out to their Virginia headquarters on an all expense paid trip to see the game and talk with the developers. The results are a mishmash of video's, Q&A's and impression articles released by several of their fansites. Of particular note is the article on the skill system which explains how players acquire skills & tactics within the game.

The EA Mythic offices are spread over 2 different floors and is very much a cube-style studio instead of a more open-style like some studios. There was stuff all over the walls, motivational-poster-style, as you can see in the video. Expectedly, they had covered/taken down all the Elf stuff, but it was still interesting to see all the maxims and design principles plastered all over the studio.
The video's of the games presentations are perhaps the most interesting as they offer an unfiltered explanation of many of the games mechanics and maxims.
Sony

Submission + - Sony PS3s to be destroyed? (tech.co.uk)

Suppostrophe writes: "According to Tech.co.uk... The Sony PlayStation 3 's IBM-built Cell processor infringes a 1991 hardware patent and all existing units should be impounded and destroyed. That's according to a complaint filed against Sony which alleges that the PS3 Cell processor infringes US patent number 5,056,000. If the complaint is upheld, Sony could amazingly be forced to destroy all its Cell processors and to redesign the PlayStation 3 from the ground up. Read more..."
Censorship

Submission + - Gamepolitics play racism for game Resident Evil 5

An anonymous reader writes: This isn't really Censorship, however, gamepolitics have decidedly to report a very small and select slew of blog sites that mainly are for people of "color" topics. Resident Evil 5 , a upcoming game for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, has been making a little bit of blogging noise due to its particular setting in Africa, as its revealed a man of thats obviously white, takes out a horde of "black zombies" as during the trailer. The ironic part of all this is that RE5 is made by a Japanese company, a third party in all of this. Do I smell a conspiracy and hidden agendas between the White Americans and Japanese? Lets hope Al Sharpton doesn't think that.
Classic Games (Games)

Submission + - Lord British fundraising for video game museum (statesman.com)

SethJohnson writes: "In order to raise funds to develop the University of Texas' upcoming Video Game Archive at the Center for American History, Richard Garriott is throwing a party at his Austin estate. Festivities will include Segway scooter polo, classic arcade games, a replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the chance to win a zero-gravity flight 32,000 feet above Earth. Garriott is best known as the creator of the Ultima series of computer RPGs and is working to support the video game archive so that early works in the field will be preserved for future reflection. Tickets for the fundraiser start at $75 per person and escalate to $5,000."

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